DCs intefering in electoral process-ECZ

THE Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) has unearthed a scam in which some district commissioners were compiling their own lists of people that they want recruited as election staff during this month’s presidential election.

ECZ acting director Chomba Chella said some district commissioners were allegedly imposing lists of names on electoral officers for recruitment as poll staff.

Mr Chella said in a press statement yesterday that the conduct of some district commissioners was disappointing.

He said all councils had publicised shortlists of candidates from January 2 to 5 during which period concerned citizens were expected to raise objections.

Mr Chella said that period had elapsed and the commission would not entertain any objections pertaining to the recruitment of poll staff.

He said training of the poll staff commenced on Wednesday and was coming to an end today.

He appealed to all district electoral officers and returning officers to remain non-partisan as provided for in the Electoral Act.

“Further, I urge all officers to operate in a professional and transparent manner. The commission will not hesitate to revoke the appointment of any officer who may be going against the law and expected conduct in the discharge of their duties,” he said.

Meanwhile, ballot papers for this month’s presidential election will arrive in the country today from South Africa.

“The ballot papers for the January 20, 2015 presidential election from Johannesburg to Lusaka will arrive, January 9, 2015 instead of Saturday, January 10, 2015,” he said.

Mr Chella said the chartered cargo flight carrying the papers will depart Oliver Tambo International Airport at 13:00 hours today and arrive at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport at 14:45 hours.

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